Emily Brontë topped science when she described Saskatchewan’s Octobers

Scientifically speaking, autumn affects the leaves on trees because the hours of daylight dwindle whenever summer ends - the reduction in hours of sunshine begins in late August in Saskatchewan. In the fall, the daylights interchange with darker, cooler nights, causing the chlorophyll levels in trees to lessen.

The leaves on the trees from September-November across Canada undergo chemical reactions as the flow of nutrients inside them decline along with a degeneration in chlorophyll synthesis.

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When the amount of chlorophyll in the leaves drop, colourful substances always present, but masked by their green exteriors during the springs and summers, start to gain visibility.

Emily Brontë’s words gave the season a deeper and more profound picture of the time of year some call the fall and others define as autumn. 

In Canada, autumn and fall are interchangeable, once more describing the nation’s general affirmation of mixing British and American English.  

The English novelist and poet seemed to refer to both terms as well, when she described the chilly season between summer and winter, with fall appearing to represent both the season and the verb in her poem, Fall, leaves fall.

Fall, leaves, fall.

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.

(Emily Brontë, West Yorkshire, 1818-1848).

In Assiniboia, the fall colours recalled the nineteenth century author’s words on walks near trees and shrubbery decorated with orange, red and golden hues on a bright, but nippy October 9 with temperatures ranging from 11-7 C throughout the day.

Although sunny, Friday afternoon experienced cold winds developing from the north and northwest – the winds were stronger in the early part of the afternoon then eased by 6 p.m.

Saturday’s weather was forecasted to be sunny with slight winds from the south and warmer temperatures extending from 11-28 C.